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Honda Accord Future Models

Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,896
edited March 9 in Honda
Since the hybrid version is hitting the dealerships this week, it's time to look at a facelift for the upcoming model year. What's the word on the street? Share your thoughts here!

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  • I think that this mid life freshening may turn out to be more extensive than is normal for Honda. Sales are a bit off and major mistakes were made in the styling of the present model (at least in my opinion).

    Honda needs to abandon the goofy slotted front end with insert and give the car an honest to goodness grille. The coupe needs more more work than the sedan. By giving the coupe a higher beltline and eliminating any sculpting on the door, Honda has made this car look too plump and slabsided. Sculpting the bottom of the door(coupe) adding a stronger character line(coupe) and adding a Civic Si style front end w/grille (coupe and sedan) would do wonders for this car.Adding a few more interior color combos instead of one per exterior color would also help make the car more competitive.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    on the interior combos thing. Not everybody who wants a blue car wants a gray interior.
  • Here's a link to a front-end photo of the upcoming 2006 Honda Civic.

     

    http://www.channel4.com/4car/gallery/spy-shots-2004/H/honda-civic- _page_4.html

     

    This puts Honda's front end styling squarely in the Acura camp and could provide an important clue as to how Honda will fix its Accord problem (BTW, I note that the Accord's sales figures for January show a continued slide in the current model's popularity).
  • What does everyone think the 2006 Honda Accord will have? I know it isn't up for the 8th generation until 2007, but I want to know what everyone thinks will be offered in the 2006 version.

     

    I'm almost certain the engine will stay the same. There could be some minor exterior modifications.
  • mekeo21mekeo21 Posts: 1
    I wonder the same... I would hate to buy a 2005 in a few months and then see there are some cool features like the bluetooth or a improved navigation system. Anyone who could comment would be appreciated.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    I wonder if they will add to the 2006 some tech they already have - like vehicle stability assist which is on the CR-V, Pilot, Ody and Ridgeline as well as Acura sedans.

    How about variable cylinder management on the V6 non-hybrid a la Odyssey?

    Finally - direct injection engine tech that is coming on the Civic for even better fuel economy.

    The way I see it, the refresh will last model years 2006 and 2007 and the "all-new" version will arrive in 2008.

    I too would be reluctant to buy an Accord till the 2006 revamp is known.
  • 3dd3dd Posts: 20
    It seems like the new styling gives less and less window areas, specially in the back.
  • I'm currently looking at both the Camry and the Accord for my next car. I haven't test-driven them yet but if it comes down to me wanting the Accord, I am hesitant to purchase a 2005. The revised 2006 model should come out sometime over the summer and I'd rather wait to see what sorts of changes will be made. I expect the typical facelift - revised headlights, grille, bumpers. The taillights were changed for 2005 (a year before the revision, much like what Honda did with the Civic). I'm hoping Honda will also add a few more standard features, like having the outside temp gauge available on all models (or at least the base EX... I don't see the point in excluding it from the list of standard features, and only making it available with leather).
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    "I think that this mid life freshening may turn out to be more extensive than is normal for Honda."

    What like the resfreshening that Honda did with the 96 Accord? I don't think you can do that muuch to make the current model look better on the outside. I just don't see it.

    "Sales are a bit off and major mistakes were made in the styling of the present model (at least in my opinion)."

    I'm still amazed on how Honda missed the styling totally on the Sedan model. Honda usually doesn't usually miss on the styling that but this time they did and its hurting them bad. With the 94 Accord they made some mistakes with the rear end but the 94 Accord definately does not look as bad as the current generation model.

    "The coupe needs more more work than the sedan. By giving the coupe a higher beltline and eliminating any sculpting on the door, Honda has made this car look too plump and slabsided."

    I don't know the coupe at least doesn't have the rear end that the sedan has. To me they are just going in a diifferent direction with the 03 Coupe than they did with the 98 Coupe. They are going for the younger buyer alot more with the current coupe than the previous generation coupe. I don't care for he current coupe because there is just no standout area on the whole style of the car. Its not bad looking but the car itself does not stand out enough.

    Another beef with the current Accord is they made the sedan model look like an American Car. I don't know Honda did not research enough for what what their core buyer wanted in terms of exterior styling before they debut the 03 Accord. Honda executed the styling well on the 86, 90, and 98 Accords and they sold great. The 03 I don't get what happened.
  • rcc8179rcc8179 Posts: 131
    I'm hoping Honda will also add a few more standard features, like having the outside temp gauge available on all models (or at least the base EX... I don't see the point in excluding it from the list of standard features, and only making it available with leather).

    The reason the temperature gauge is available with leather seats is that all models with leather seats come with the auto climate control system. This system requires the outside temperature as one of its inputs.

    It seems that it wouldn't be that hard to include this with all trim lines, especially since the display is in the odometer, not on the climate control system itself. But it is only about $100 if you want to add it (plus about an hour of your time to install).
  • They have to do something with those tail lights. I thought the 03 & 04 ones were bad, but the new "all-red" ones are just plain terrible and really put the whole car over the edge in ugliness. I was planning on buying one next spring, but I just can't talk myself into it - the car (with the new tail lights) is that bad looking.
  • i was just wondering- are you sure the revised 2006 honda's are coming out in the summer because im in the same predicament as you and im hoping that the revised accords look better
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    2007 for the 8th generation Accord. 2006 will only be a minor change.

    Cruis'n in 6th,

    MidCow
  • I'm curious to see what 2006 will bring. But I don't think the taillights will change. I think Honda is doing the same thing to the Accord that they did with the current Civic - they changed the taillights on the Civic in 2003 and then did the normal "facelift" with new headlamps/grille/bumpers in 2004. I think the all-red taillights on the 2005 Accords will carry over on the 2006-2007 models. But they will revise the front end a bit. I'm tempted to buy a 2005 but I feel as though I should wait for the 2006 model.
  • http://www.hondapreview.com/accord
    This website will lead u guys to the info on what will change in the 06 accord.And the taillights will change.
  • jrp6977jrp6977 Posts: 87
    I really hope Honda has some bigger changes than usual for this mid lifecyle freshening. Accord sales are off while Camry sales are up and I have yet to hear much positive in the way of styling reviews of this generation Accord. I have only heard ONE positive comment from anyone concerning the looks of the coupe. And that was a salesman! Its either "That looks like %^$&" or "Its okay, but it just needs something" or "That's the Accord coupe? It looks like a Cavalier", etc. I know that is strictly anecdotal, but I think its interesting none the less.
  • tds1tds1 Posts: 73
    Bluetooth and a gated shifter would be nice!
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    I hate gated shifters.
  • midnightcowboymidnightcowboy Posts: 1,978
    Yes, I agree real Honda 6-speeds are so so much
    better :)

    MidCow, Crus'n in 6th, the Manual shift man
  • richrobrichrob Posts: 1
    I like the 2006 Honda Accord Hybred and am wondering if the next model (2007 or sooner) will have some additional features, such as a moon roof and electronic passenger seat? Will there be a electronic telescoping driving wheel? Memory driver's seat and heated steering wheel?
    I now have a 2004 Maxima and of the above features are on my car. Thank you.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    richrob:

    Your post #22 puzzles me. The first Honda Accord Hybrids have only been in owners' hands in the USA since early December 2004, i.e. less than four months. Wouldn't you expect it to be premature for anyone on this board to have inside information about Honda's plans two years (or more) from now?
  • bklynguybklynguy Posts: 275
    The Accord has a nice interior, drives well (better than a Camry) but the styling is bad. The Camry's styling is not too hot, but it does look better. We just don't like the light steering of the Camry (XLE or SE)compared to the Accord/Passat. Now all we need is a better looking Accord...hey it does exist, its called the Acura TL. We may buy a TL with NAV in the next few days.

    We tried the G35 but didn't like the ride/interior. We also tried out the ES330 but it didn't handle any better than a Camry (light steering again). I hope the 2008 Accord looks better.
  • The new Hyundai Sonata looks like a better looking brother of the Honda Accord, except the Sonata will have stability control , traction control, fog lights, and 6 air bags standard equipment. A much better warranty and roadside assistance. Plus about $3000 cheaper.

    Don't look back, Honda, Hyundai is getting ready to eat your lunch!
  • bklynguybklynguy Posts: 275
    We need a new car soon, I'm not sure if we can wait another 5 months. But then again, VSA sounds like a safety option we would like to have.

    2006 Accord adds (?) :

    - VSA/stability control (standard on 06 Sonata)
    - TPMS
    - Bluetooth (maybe with the 2008 Accord)
    - MP3 compatible CD player (available on 06 Sonata)
    - memory drivers seat
    - HIDs
    - exterior/interior changes (maybe the grille from the Inspire ?)

    Last week we rented a Accord LX 4-cylinder for a few days and loved it. I'm not a fan of the styling but I can live with it (actually it began to grow on us). But we are curious about the 2006 model. Maybe we should take a look at the 2006 Sonata, have they arrived in the Hyundai showrooms :confuse:
  • The Sonata will also have a compass included . . and will be in showrooms in about a month

    www.hyundaisonata.com
  • gatrhumpygatrhumpy Posts: 126
    Besides some minor faces changes, the 2006 Accord will have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This is a NHTSA ruling that all 2006 model year passenger cars will have this feature as standard equipment. So look for the Accord, Civic, Insight to have this as standard equipment.

    http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/rulings/TirePresFinal/Index.html

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2005/nhtsa_tire_pressure.html
  • There are some new spy shots floating around the net that show what people are speculating as the new '06 Accord. The shots are blurry but do show a radically-changed rear end. Granted this may not be the final design (hell, there still isn't even confirmation that it is in-fact the Accord), but I'm not sure if I like it. People keep saying that the Accord is due for a dramatic MMC - more changes than usual - but I dunno. I'll just have to wait and see. I'm thinking about getting an '06 Accord this fall, but I really have to see the car before I make up my mind. I sure hope they don't change the interior. I LOVE the Accord's interior.
  • When Taurus redid their late 80s-early 90s design in '94, the resulting ovoid look pretty much took that car off of car buyers' radar screen and the model never recovered. Honda has more street cred than Taurus, but another bomb could be too much even for the Accord.

    BTW, The Honda fan website vtec.net has just updated its "model matrix" page, which now says that both front end and rear end changes will be "extensive."

    Scottimusprime, can you post the shots you say you saw?

    thanks.
  • bklynguybklynguy Posts: 275
    But then again, as heisnstein stated above, vtec has changed it model release matrix listing extensive exterior changes to the 06 Accord. The rear looks a little like the Acura TL (the poster claims it had LED taillights) and bears a resemblance to the 06 Civic spyshot going around.
  • mastromastro Posts: 39
    I've tried every way I can think of, but I can not seem to find any images on the internet of a possible '06 Accord...what should I search for on the internet to get these spy shots? What I am finding is that the tail lights design will change....
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